SNAP Benefits Increased to Combat Hunger

Increase will provide a significant boost to local economies.

In Philadelphia Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that effective April 1, monthly benefits for the 32.2 million recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program increased. The increase was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is at the forefront of combating hunger and improving the nutrition and health of low-income children, individuals and families.

"President Obama and I are committed to ending hunger in America and this increased funding will provide additional nutrition assistance to millions of low-income individuals and families," said Vilsack. "This increase, part of President Obama's Recovery Act, will stimulate the economy, as every $5 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in total economic activity."

The increase in SNAP benefits will provide for most four-person households an $80 increase in their monthly SNAP allotment. States will add the increased amounts to SNAP recipients' electronic benefit transfer cards for clients to use at authorized retailers including grocery stores, supermarkets, and farmers' markets. The amount of increase varies by the household size.

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